Monday, July 04, 2005

Bang, Fizzle

Mets 5, Nats 2

Well, that stunk. Just not a good effort today. And it's a damn shame, because a huge crowd of 44K+ turned out at RFK today.

Two observations. First, we got outhustled. Twice, Mets runners took second base on routine singles. In the second inning, Marlon Anderson took second as Guillen came up slowly with his line drive single. Granted, Guillen was standing on the warning track, but if he comes up with it quickly, he can gun down the runner. In the ninth, Mike Cameron hit a weak grounder up the middle that Wilkerson also fielded slowly. Cameron took second on him. Again, if he comes up quickly, Cameron doesn't take second.

Neither play directly figured in the outcome of the game, but I think they were indicative of the type of effort the Nats put in today. Although Sunny Kim (3 R allowed in the 9th) should be Capitol Punishment's Lame Duck, I'd be tempted to give it to Wilky for his lollygagging and two strikeouts. It would not shock me if Wilky and Guillen were fined by Frank for those plays.

Second, I would not have brought in Ayala in the seventh. He had not been pitching all that well of late. Majewski is the only pitcher who didn't work yesterday. So unless he's sitting out for a specific reason today, he's the guy Frank should have gone to in the seventh. EDIT: Apparently there was a conscious effort not to use Majewski today due to fatigue. Fair enough.

You win some, you lose some. That's baseball. But this is one we should have had.


Blogger Yuda said...

Of course, yesterday's one we should've lost, so I figure it evens out...

6:43 PM  
Anonymous NAT NUT said...

Today's game was not a good one!!
But we have the reality of Johnson, Vidro, Church and Guzman(I think he would have prevented one, and possibly two hits from leaving the infield)out at this time. Hopeflly they will be back soon. Johnson, Vidro and Church, I am sure, would have produced the neccesary runs today.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Rocket1124 said...

You still hate to see one get away, even if you stole one the night before.

9:42 PM  

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